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ABR Fiction

'Anything Remarkable', a new story by Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe
05 July 2019

Certain days: it is easy to imagine this small, once-prosperous river town (barely distinct from many other small, once prosperous More

'Metal language', a new story by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
23 April 2019

I am a girl who knows how to hold a gun. On weekends, Dad drives me out to the pistol club, while Mum pulls white-sapped weeds from the garden. She plants natives that can handle the salt in the air; angular, bristling plants with angular, bristling names: banksia, grevillea, bottlebrush. A line of Geraldton Wax along the verge to replace some mean and blighted ... More

'Break Character', a new story by Chloe Wilson

29 November 2018

The Hair

Tom wasn’t supposed to bring the wig home; it was peeled from his scalp like a banana skin every night. Then it was arranged on a faceless polystyrene head that sat in front of his dressing More

'Joan Mercer's Fertile Head', a new story by S.J. Finn

SJ Finn
29 November 2018
When the urge unearthed itself, Joan Mercer was at the sink washing dishes, her husband’s egg cup and her children’s cereal bowls. She flicked the soapsuds from her hands and crossed the More

'Hardflip', a new story by Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe
29 November 2018
The roofing gives a little under his weight but Oskar’s not afraid of heights when he’s on his skateboard. He can see his friends below. Gav has his camera ready and Amadi gives him the t More

'Clear Midnight', a new story by Michael Caleb Tasker

Michael Caleb Tasker
06 March 2018

That winter it was bad and he often woke a little before midnight with his teeth aching and he would dress quickly and walk through the snow for an hour or so and later, when he came home, More

'What This Is', a new story by Allee Richards

29 March 2018

You are meeting with your PhD supervisor. You’re in his office – there’s a desk, books, framed degrees, and a wife, also framed. And there’s you and your supervisor seated on oppos More

'Help Me Harden My Heart' a new story by Dominic Amerena

Dominic Amerena
18 January 2017

I’m scrubbing the word SCUM off the front door of our house. I wipe so hard that my wrists start to ache, but the red letters remain bold and bright, their edges dripping as if they’re bleeding.

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'The Man I Should Have Married', a new story by Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey
23 November 2017

I can’t remember when the man who is now my husband first told me he loved me. Was it when we drank cocktails at that windowless bar with the old train seats you could turn to face in either direction? We tried to go back once, but it had been replaced with a hardware store; we priced a set of outdoor furniture and bought some new wire for the clothesline to stop ... More

'The Fog Harvester' a new story by Marie Gethins

Marie Gethins
05 December 2017

Meadow-Wisp was conceived on the Cerne Abbas Giant. Her Dorset hippie parents, who believed in unfiltered communication, recounted every detail: hiking up the hill through dense fog, their torches reflecting chalk outlines (foot, calf, ribs, elbow), grass slick beneath them, concentrating on an energy focal point. In the final weeks of pregnancy, her mother cross-st ... More

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